The textbooks used presently in the elementary Pirivenas have been prepared in 1994 and they have not been updated so far. Drawing attention to this matter, the steps have been taken to update elementary Pirivena textbooks shortly and distribute among the students under the instructions of The Minister of Education Akila Viraj Kariyawasam.
There are about 60,000 student monks and lay students receiving education in 754 Pirivenas in the island and there was an emerging challenge of not being contemporarily updated knowledge in Pirivena education due to the reason of not updating the elementary Pirivena textbooks so far. Accordingly, the activities of updating textbooks of all subjects relevant to the grades 1 to 5 in Pirivenas are being done under the instructions of the Director of Pirivena Education reverend Professor Nabiriththankadawala Gnanarathana Thera. Actions have been taken jointly by the Education Publications Department and the Pirivena Education Branch to hold a workshop on 06.02.2017 at the Faculty of Humanities of Kelaniya University with the participation of textbook writers and editors of all subjects.